I am stunned and overwhelmed by the response I have received for the Super Bowl recipe contest. Overall, 1,026 recipes were sent from all over the world and the winner will soon be receiving a $250 gift certificate to Sam’s Club. Who couldn’t use that?
Needless to say, my Inbox has been a tad full. If you have sent me note a recently, it might be a while before I can get to it. Sorry.
Choosing three finalists was harder than I ever imagined. The problem - everything sounded good. All the dips, soups, chilis, sandwiches, ribs, meatballs and desserts were excellent examples of what makes Super Bowl food….Super Bowl food.
I read through each recipe critically, looking for that “spark”. If you read recipes as I do, like they are the great American novel, then you know what I mean by that “spark”.
I stuck to dishes using easy to find ingredients, ease of preparation with clear instructions and ones that just sounded good. The problem? I couldn’t decide on just three. I couldn’t. So I chose five.
I will prepare them and make a decision based on taste and overall recipe success. However, I know it’s going to be so, so difficult. What was I thinking?!
Drumroll please….and not in any particular order…
Burp! Buffalo Chicken Dip sent over from Lori at Burp! Where Food Happens in Milwaukee, WI
Pull-Apart Bacon Bread from Cheryl in Minnesota
Jalapeno Popper Dip sent over from Robin Sue at Big Red Kitchen in Virginia
Gwen’s Original Corn Chowder sent over from Gwen at Good To Be Me in Idaho
Antipasto Squares from Lisa over at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary in Rhode Island
Thank you all for your entries, I can’t wait to try each and every one! I’m sure they are all winners!
I also feel compelled to name some honorable mentions catching my attention. I will not be making these for the contest but I know I will be trying them in the near future…
Cincinnati-Style Chile from Hungry Gal at My Kind of Food in Toronto, Canada
Chipotle-Cinnamon Apple-Compote Quesadillas from David in Greenville, South Carolina
Thai Chicken Pizza Cups from Tracy in Kansas
Sloppy “Giuseppe” Sandwich from Linda at Ciao Chow Linda in New Jersey
Not My Mama’s Pasta Salad from Dawn at Happily Barefoot in Michigan
Football Ham Loaves from Tricia at Scotch Chix
Thanks again! Winner will be posted this Friday, January 30, 2009 along with pictures and recipes!